Many churches are exploring how to share the worship experiences online through video. With the increased restrictions on gathering sizes, many more churches are trying this for the first time. Join Mike Crawford, Eric Swanson, and Curtis Brown.
11/18/2020 Pastors Jessica Baldyga, Curtis Brown, Nicole Cox, Dan King Crede, and Paula Wallace share their plans around Christmas worship and possible pivots because of COVID mitigations. Hear their ideas of providing safe, accessible ways to incorporate all ages into preparation and worship.
Links to resources and notes. christmas+pivot.docx
Slides from SRD conversation 12/1/2020 christmas+eve+pivot.mp4
9/17/2020 A conversation around Advent and Christmas with Pastors Nicole Cox, Shane Frederick, Sarah Wanke, and Jason Woolever hosted by Amy Shreve. Hear their ideas of providing safe, accessible ways to incorporate music, small groups, and worship themes into the Advent season. We also brainstormed ways to include candle lighting, Christmas carols, and including all ages in Advent worship.
Books and media available for free through the Resource Center: UMRC+Advent+Resources.pdf
Links to other webinars and ideas: Preparing+for+Christmas+resources.pdf
Two churches are working towards next steps in supporting students and families in remote learning this year. Listen in to a conversation with Cara, Jennie, and Jessica from Hope Church and Centenary UMC about their process of assessing need and community interest, talking with insurance providers and church trustees, and determining capacity, boundaries, and funding as they prepare to offer several unique ways to serve the community. Hope Church is offering space to Junior and High School students for remote learning. Centenary has expanded high speed internet to their parking lot and is exploring hosting pod learning.
Join Andrew Jones and Amy Shreve. They will share how he quickly shifted to low-tech online engagement with children and families and offering a familiar face and faith presence in time of rising anxiety. He’ll share some of the best free resources and cheap tech ways to connect.
Download notes from the webinar... (Word document, 2 pages)
With Ted Frost and Jennie Edwards Bertrand
How do we encourage ongoing financial support, even if people aren’t passing the plate? Ted Frost, from our IGRC Foundation, and Jennie Edwards Bertrand, from Hope UMC, will help church leaders talk through how to develop the resources to begin online giving, electronic monthly withdraws, relationship support for donors, and creative ways to ask people to give.
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Tony Morgan, founder and lead strategist of The Unstuck Group, discusses:
Christ told us to expect trouble, but to take heart. In times of panic, the opportunity for the church to shine becomes clear.
Miriam Snider, Justin Snider, Shauna Summers, and Beth Fender
With changes to the ways people gather and increased isolation, clergy and lay leaders are reworking how they connect, support, and care for the people in their church and community. Join in this webinar conversation with a panel of pastors, counselors, and clergy as they explore how they are finding new ways to reach out and provide pastoral care.
Additional Resources (as mentioned by Shauna during the webinar)
With gatherings limited to small groups, churches are developing new practices to support those who grieve and celebrate the lives of those who have died. We'll explore some options for alternative ways of connecting people and recall traditions of less immediate memorial services. Together we'll share our ideas and respond to questions. Join us on Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. via this link: https://zoom.us/j/980263936
Join Tim Lee, Contemporary Worship Arts Director from Washington Crossroads UMC and Curt Franklin, IGRC Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries as they focus on content and presentation as part of leading online worship.
We all feel out of sorts and unconnected during this time of social distancing and shelter in place. But what about those who are at greater risk due to their age or are unable to get out? They find themselves even more isolated.
Consider how your church be in ministry with the elderly and homebound. As you minister to their needs, you can also engage others in ministry.
Yvette Biddle, Director of Discipleship, at Geneseo 1st UMC, will share the story of the Porch Angels ministry 1st UMC started and lessons they are learning.
Now that you’re doing youth and children’s ministry online, do you wonder how your Safe Sanctuaries policy applies? Join Curt Franklin, IGRC Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries, and Beth Fender, IGRC Coordinator of Discipleship and New Streams, for an online conversation about best practices and how to keep everyone as safe as possible online.
Giving is under great stress now perhaps through the end of the year. Giving patterns and amounts will change with the likely result that your overall giving will be substantially less than expected. Diminished ministry, potential loss of staff, loan payments and other core church functions will be under review. And at risk.
How can we help you preserve as much of your mission and operations as possible?
This Webinar will help you:
We have been pleased to get to know the amazing gifts that Carla Maxwell Ray has shared with us as part of the Our Conference Our Kids fundraising effort. Now, she’s offered to help you and your church leaders think through your stewardship and fundraising strategies for your local church.
IGRC Coordinator of Discipleship Beth Fender holds office hours and hosts a discussion on how churches will proceed with summer Vacation Bible School even while we Shelter in Place.